While the Read later feature is already available for Chrome on iOS, we reported Google is bringing it to desktop and Android as well. The development of feature on Windows reached a stage where you can now save articles in tabs to see them later and Chrome displays them in the ‘Reading list’ folder on the bookmarks bar for quick access. Here is how to get started with the feature.
Enable ‘Read later’ feature in Chrome
First and foremost, the feature is still a WIP and available in Chrome Canary for the first glance.
- Ensure you’re using the latest Chrome Canary 87.0.4274.or or later
- Visit chrome://flags page
- Search for “Read later”
- Click on the dropdown arrow and select “Enabled”
- Restart the browser.
How to save a page to Reading list in Chrome on desktop
- Visit a webpage
- Click on the bookmark icon in the address bar and select “Read Later”. There is now an option “Read tab later” available on the tab context menu, you can also select it and add the page to the Reading List.
- Ensure the Bookmarks bar is visible to notice the Reading list folder on the toolbar. Clicking on it will display the pages you’ve not yet read under “UNREAD”, similarly, it shows the pages you’ve read under the same name.
- In the Reading list, to mark a page as read, hover particular page, and click on the tick symbol. You can also delete the page from the Reading list by using the option next to it.
UPDATE September 25, 2020: Latest Chrome Canary update added Reading list to mark pages as read and unread. It also offers the option to delete pages on the reading list. New “Read tab later” Context menu option available to add a tab to the list. The feature is fully functional. Expect Google to further improve this feature with the upcoming updates. We’ve updated the article to reflect the changes.
What’s your take on the Read later feature in Chrome? Have you been able to add pages to the Reading list? Let us know in the comments below?